Can you be obese and healthy? A new study says no

Posted: 10:05 PM EST Dec 03, 2013   Updated: 5:51 AM EST Dec 04, 2013

A recent study by researchers at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital reviewed eight studies over the past decade and found people who are obese have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and of dying prematurely.

However, some in the fitness community take issue with the idea that heavy people are necessarily obese.

"With the studies that they've always come out with, I do find that a lot of things are kind of too broad and not necessarily always true, especially in the sense of body building," said Ed Frack, general manager of Gold's Gym in Bethlehem.

“It kind of bothers me because a lot of people I work out with I can sympathize with, they go to the doctor and they're morbidly obese and they're just really ripped and muscular,” said Philp Mantagas who says according to the study, falls into the overweight category.

Mantagas argues, a bad diet and sedentary lifestyle are what kills, not weight.

"Their healthy isn't our healthy in some ways. We just kind of do what we do and see the results and that's what really matters," he said.

Researchers say almost 4,000 of the 61,000 subjects in the study had cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke.

They say obesity can also lead to type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of cancer.

The study was published Dec. 3rd in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.